Brenda Avila-Hanna is an award-winning filmmaker, video journalist and educator. Born and raised in Mexico City, her films mostly focus on transnational immigrant stories between Latin America and the US. Her work has been showcased at HotDocs Toronto, Lakino Berlin, Cine Las Americas International Film Festival, Fusion Network and more. Brenda is a current BAVC National MediaMaker Fellow and was a 2018 Fellow for the National Minority Consortia Lab through LPB as well as a NALIP Media Market Fellow in 2018. She currently serves in New Day Film's Steering Committee as the team lead for Equity & Representation. Brenda is also a programmer for the Watsonville Film Festival and a Mentor for the Latino Film Institute’s Youth Cinema Project. She received a Master’s degree in Social Documentation from UC Santa Cruz in 2013 and is still an active member of the film and education community in the area.

Films by Brenda Avila-Hanna

Vida Diferida (Life, deferred)

After the announcement of the policy known as "Deferred Action", Vanessa, an undocumented teenager, contemplates the possibility of a future she was ready to give up on. How will this life-changing opportunity impact her life and the lives of those around her?